Software

Accpac Advantage 5.3

There's a wealth of potentially valuable business information in the average accounting system, but not all of it comes out in basic financial reporting. The newest release of Accpac's Advantage Series accounting software, Version 5.3, digs that data out with its Transactional Analysis feature. Users can codify and tag all transactions, so they can report on and analyze specific, predetermined information for unprecedented insights into their business.

The new version also comes with more streamlined security options in the System Manager, the ability to create and execute macros from within the Web browser deployment of the software, and built-in kitting in the new Inventory Control module. Accpac Advantage 5.3 comes in Enterprise, Corporate and Small Business editions, and all integrate with Accpac's other business management applications for customer relationship management, human resources and more. The software can also be used on site, or in a hosted online version.

There are also at least 30 business management applications, created by Accpac's development partners, that support Advantage 5.3, including solutions for CRM connectivity, business analytics, cash management, fixed asset management, bill of materials management and more, from companies as diverse as Dingosoft, AccTech Systems, AP Technology, WorthIT Software, Appsoft and COSS Systems.

Price: Enterprise Edition - $1,500 per module; Corporate - $1,000 per module; Small Business - $495.

Accpac

www.accpac.com

(800) 945-8007

Checkpoint enhancements

RIA has added a number of enhancements to Checkpoint, its online tax research platform, including access to continuing professional education courses and real-time Securities and Exchange Commission filings, a set of new payroll calculators, and an international tax tool.

MicroMash has supplied the more than 130 CPE courses, in six major areas, that are now available on Checkpoint. The payroll calculators are provided in conjunction with Symmetry Software, and include a paycheck calculator, a gross-up calculator, an hourly paycheck calculator, and both a percentage and an aggregate bonus calculator. In the SECPlus feature, Checkpoint integrates real-time access to SEC filings and corporate financial reports with expert analysis and source material, vastly simplifying company research. The International Create-a-Chart tool lets users compare pertinent international tax information from various jurisdictions in one convenient table. Also available is a new publication on estate planning that covers dealing with the uncertainties surrounding the repeal of the estate tax, and how advisors should handle it.

Price: Contact vendor.

RIA

http://ria.thomson.com

(800) 950-1216

SOX and tax

Taxware, a subsidiary of First Data Corp. that provides tax calculation and compliance solutions, has released TaxSolver 4.2, a tax return generation software package that includes Sarbanes-Oxley compliance functionality. The new ReportSolver feature provides users with a SOX compliance profile, as well as current liability, while a vendor-mapping feature lets users assign vendor ID numbers. In addition, the program creates reports for audit purposes.

The new release also lets users view tax calculated versus tax remitted from a sales tax perspective. TaxSolver is compatible with Taxware's Sales and Use Tax System, and has import capabilities for non-Taxware tax data sources.

Price: Starts at $15,000.

Taxware

www.taxware.com

(877) 829-9273

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